Over £2000 was raised for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, after people attended the Father’s Day fundraiser at The Bell pub in Kesgrave on Sunday 18th June. This event was held in aid of local man Tom Davey who suffers from motor neurone disease. The money was raised by auctioning off prizes, a raffle, and due to donations by several people, including Guy.
The Motor Neurone Disease Association provide care and support to people living with the disease, and also to their families and carers. Along with continuing to fund and promote ground-breaking research around the world, to identify treatments and find a cure for the disease.
Guy and his family attended the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at Milsom’s Kesgrave Hall on 14th May 2017, they were invited after having made donations to support the charity GeeWizz. Fundraisers and donors have helped raise almost £150,000 for the charity, and attended the tea party to celebrate 18 months since its launch.
Charity founder Gina Long MBS said she was delighted with the event.
Gina said: “We felt it was crucial to organise an event that said a very big thank you to everyone who has supported GeeWizz since we started the charity 18 months ago. Without the generous support of our fundraisers and donors, we simply would not be able to make a difference to the lives of so many families in Suffolk.
The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party gave an ideal opportunity to greet both our supporters and the families GeeWizz have supported- as part of the charity promoting transparent fundraising in every way possible.
I would like to say a very heartfelt thank you to everyone who attended and everyone who supported what was such a magical and very special afternoon, one where we celebrated our beyond generous supporters and GeeWizz families“
Staff competed at the Oulton Broad Dragon Boat Festival on 14th May 2017. Dragon boat racing is an ancient Chinese tradition where up to 10 people paddle each 30’ boat with a drummer at the front beating time, and the helm at the tail steering a straight course. The teams competed throughout the day, racing across the Oulton Broad Marina until the winner was crowned.
Coping with an end of life prognosis is nearly impossible without support, and yet in the Great Yarmouth and Waveney area we have absolutely no inpatient hospice care available. Recognising this gaping hole in local care, the independent Charity, East Coast Hospice, was formed by a group of people determined to offer patients and families the choice of the specialist support they need in a welcoming purpose built facility.
ECH has purchased over seven acres of land in a convenient and quiet rural setting near Beacon Park in Gorleston, and planning permission has been granted for a ten bed facility with complementary therapy rooms, day care and a peaceful garden. Margaret Chadd House will support patients and their families to live as well as they can for as long as they can and when the time comes, to support a dignified and peaceful journey at the end of their life.
Guy and Trudi donated a car to Macmillan in order to help raise thousands of pounds for a new cancer centre at Ipswich Hospital, this is after their late father made a similar donation in the 70’s.
Guy says “We have always been, as a family, supportive of local charities and projects in our local area. It was something my father was very keen on. Many years ago he donated a car for the SOS Ipswich Star appeal for the Ipswich Hospital. When we heard about this latest appeal, it just seemed the right thing to do to follow in the family tradition. It is a very small thing to do but we are pleased to have been able to support this important fundraiser both by raising money and awareness of the project. We are sadly, all too aware that cancer touches so many families and unfortunately none of us knows what life is holding for us”
The car was taken to many regional events in 2016, until the winner was announced in December. The winner of the brand new Audi A3 Sportback was Richard Arbon from Woodbridge, he is pictured below alongside Guy.
The Woolverstone Macmillan Centre will combine the hospital’s current outpatient chemotherapy and day unit services in one purpose-built centre. The chemotherapy suites will have the space and equipment to treat 30 people at one time. This means 21,000 people will be able to be treated each year, more than double the current number.
Helen Glenholmes, Macmillan’s fundraising manager for East Suffolk and Waveney, said: “Every day the number of people affected by cancer is increasing, so it is vital that Macmillan Cancer Support, together with our partner Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, work together to improve our local cancer services. When Guy offered us a car to help with the campaign we were absolutely delighted. Thanks to the generous support of Trucks R Us and the other sponsors we are now even closer to our goal of £3.7million and we would like to thank everyone who took part by buying a ticket”